• ABAP to reevaluate program after Rio Games

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    Philippines’ Charly Coronel Suarez (right) fights Great Britain’s Joseph Cordina during the Men’s Light (60kg) match at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Riocentro—Pavilion 6 in Rio de Janeiro on August 6, 2016. AFP PHOTO

    Philippines’ Charly Coronel Suarez (right) fights Great Britain’s Joseph Cordina during the Men’s Light (60kg) match at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Riocentro—Pavilion 6 in Rio de Janeiro on August 6, 2016. AFP PHOTO

    The Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (ABAP) will revisit and evaluate its program after 2016 Rio Olympics participant Charly Suarez and Rogen Ladon failed to notch a podium finish, said ABAP Executive Director Ed Picson on Wednesday.

    “Do we need to do something drastic? I don’t think so. I think the program we have implemented is doing well. Do we need to revisit that program? Yes. Because there is always room for improvement and we’re always looking to be able to improve our program. We will revisit, we will evaluate and we will see where we can do better,” said Picson.

    Picson shared that ABAP’s program for its boxers included international exposures, assignment of foreign coaches, providing different perspectives in boxing, and grassroots development that aims to sustain continuity since the athletes grow older.

    On the defeat of lightweight Suarez against Great Britain’s Joseph Cordina via split decision in the preliminary round, Picson said that Suarez could have won the match but it was a close fight between the two boxers that could have gone either way.

    But Picson admitted that light-flyweight Ladon could improve his mental toughness despite winning the silver and bronze medals in the Asian and World Championships, respectively, in 2015. Ladon lost to Colombian Yuberjen Martinez, who finished third in the 2013 Pan American Championships, via unanimous decision.

    “In terms of preparation in the boxing sense, we did not find any shortcoming. It’s just part of the territory sometimes. You win some, you lose some. It was a bad time to lose in the Olympics,” added Picson.

    Ladon barely slept the night before his match, got overwhelmed upon entering the ring because there were Filipinos cheering for him and experienced tightness in his body, Picson shared the words he heard from Ladon and added that it could happen to anyone.

    Filipino amateur boxers Ladon and Suarez will arrive in the country tomorrow, Picson said.

    When asked if Ladon and Suarez could join international competitions in the future, “It depends. If they’re fit for that tournament, why not,” Picson concluded.

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